Matters involving physical computer components, circuitry and parts, as opposed to matters of software or computer programming

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MacBook Pro hard drive problems: Can it be hard drive cable?

My MacBook Pro 2009, (13inch, snow leopard), does not boot into OsX. I also have bootcamp windows, and I can boot into windows with no problem. I pressed the D key while starting and made a Apple ...
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Deceive Logitech Control Center so that it think my mouse is another model?

I know that this is a difficult question. The Logitech M525 is a simple mouse with two buttons and a wheel. Backward/forward buttons are implemented as left/right tilt of the wheel. There is no ...
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Whirring/whining noise but only after sleep

I have a mid-2011 21.5" iMac. OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, 2.5 GHz i5, 20 GB RAM. About a week ago (coinciding with no significant update or other event that I can think of) it began making a ...
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Macbook Pro SD card reader is not listed as USB hardware

I have 15' early 2011 Macbook Pro with Mavericks installed. Everything works fine, except SD card reader. Even it's not listed in USB hardware list. Tried find a solution by searching the internet ...
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MagSafe 85W weight

I want to find out the (average) weight of a MagSafe 85W adapter, but I could not find anything really useful on the internet. I bought an adapter that weighs about 210 grams, whereas my old one ...
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El Capitan, Finder.app, and Fan Performance

Since upgrading today to El Capitan, my fan has been going non-stop. Under "Apps that Use Significant Energy", Finder.app is the culprit. Does anyone have a solution for this issue?
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Left Ctrl key stopped working totally

I have been using this keyboard for the last 2 and a half years. Eventually I noticed that Left Ctrl key stopped working at all. Means, when I push it down in some combination, like Ctrl-T, only T ...
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Charging Issue on iPhone 5S

My iPhone 5S restarts by itself at least once while charging. Am I having software or hardware issue in this case?
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Differences on modifier keys between US and International Keyboards

I'm aware of the differences in layout, character placement etc however I have always wondered why the modifier keys on the US layout use the full word such as command instead of cmd. Similarly the ...
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Configuring SSD over-provisioning on Mac OSX

I'm in early investigation stages of adding a SSD drive to my MacPro. Fragmentation problems can lead to serious performance problems on an SSD. There are a couple answers to this problem: TRIM - ...
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Checking MacBook Pro for incipient hardware problems before Applecare runs out

My trusty Macbook Pro is nearing its third birthday and the end of Applecare. Is there anything I can do identify hardware components that are starting to degrade, so I can get them serviced before ...
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MacBook Pro (2009, 15-Inch) - nothing on monitor

I have a Macbook Pro 2009 15" Model 2160. Problem: There is nothing displayed on the monitor at all, a bright display on monitor when switched on. I can use the bright - + keys to control the ...
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Identifying FireWire chipset on a MacBook Pro (13-Inch, Mid 2010)

I have a MacBook Pro, 13 inch, mid 2010, running OS X Yosemite (10.10.5). How can I identify what FireWire chipset it has? Unless there's an OS X utility to do this, perhaps someone could point me to ...
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Why do I have to reenter my passwords after moving HDD between Macs?

I recently had to transplanted my HDD into another Macbook Pro (after my own broke). I could boot without any problems in the new machine, but for some most (all?) applications wanted me to reenter my ...
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MacBook Pro (A1278) gets stuck at startup (Verbose, Single User, Recovery…)

When trying to start my Macbook, it stops at the Apple logo with spinning gear or progress bar. I've tried Safe Mode, but it got stuck at the same point. Command + V, Command + S, Command + R = Not ...
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What does a non-booting macbook displaying a lightning bolt mean?

I returned to my MacBook after a few days of not using it, and there was a message that the system had run out of application memory (weird...). So, I followed the recommendation and Force Quit a ...
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How can I restart an iPhone 4S with a broken lock button and frozen springboard?

My springboard has frozen and the lock button is broken (two months out of warranty and it's not classed as a hardware failure). How do I restart the phone given that I can't access any apps or ...
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Can I use iTunes credit to help subsidise buy hardware in Apple online store?

I am thinking about buying an iPad Pro or MacBook Air (Skylake), as a first time buyer of Apple hardware. I was wondering if I can use iTunes credit balance to help subsidise/buy this hardware in ...
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How I can get OSX to recognize Canon MP560 Scanner again?

I have a Cannon MP560 that kept having communications errors. One of the suggestions I read was to remove the printer from the print & scan menu and re-add it. Once I did that the scanner ...
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How can I avoid my MacBook Pro giving me minor shocks?

The aluminum Macbook Pro gives a mild shock when connected to a wall socket and charging. It only happens when I'm, for example, not wearing shoes or slippers and my feet are resting on the ground ...
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MBP freezes for 30 seconds all the time since this afternoon

I'm looking to find the cause why I'm getting the spinning beachball on my MBPro all the time since this afternoon. I can work for like 30 seconds and get a spinning beachball for like 30 seconds. ...
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How to fix a Macbook Pro (late 2013 model) with liquid damage?

I bought a refurbished 13" Macbook Pro (late 2013 model retina) from the Apple store website in Sept 2014. It worked great till last month, when I had some water leak out in backpack and get through ...
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Time Machine Backup to New SSD

I have a mid-2010 Macbook Pro with a 320GB HDD, and I'm upgrading to a 500GB SSD. Does restoring a Time Machine back up to the new SSD also include the OS? Are there any better alternatives? i.e. do ...
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Is it okay to install a second RAM chip?

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro with a recently replaced logic board and SSD upgrade. I haven't yet upgraded the RAM. Currently, RAM is 4GB, one slot, Apple RAM (whichever manufacturer they use). I am ...
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Which macs are compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan?

Is there a list of officially supported Macs for OS X El Capitan? I ask to get ready if any hardware which is supported on Yosemite is not supported by El Capitan?
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Scrambled screen when going out of sleep

With my 2011 MBP, when connected to my external screen I always encounter an issue when waking up from sleep mode, if the lid was closed (and only if lid is closed from what my tests show). To ...
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rpcvshost caught burning the cpu, is it hardware or software?

I have a problem with my Mac -early 11- The laptop crashes every X minutes.. When I check the console I see [ RPCVSCHOST caught burning the CPU ] I can't start the device without doing this ...
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How hot is too hot for my macbook?

I have a macbook (2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo upgraded to 8GB 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM) running OS X version 10.6.8. I do a lot of prototyping for high performance computing on this macbook (running c++, ...
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How can I secure a Retina MacBook Pro to a desk? (similar to how the older MacBook Pro could use a Kensington Lock)

I work for a company renting office space from a downtown skyscraper. In order to deter casual theft from building employees and cleaning staff my company prefers we secure our laptops to our desks ...
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Kernel Panic Bluetooth

I have been receiving kernel panics a few times in the past few months, but each time I have noticed it is when I am connected to the internet through Bluetooth PAN to my iPhone. Most recently, the ...
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Is something on the IO logic board burnt or..?

yesterday, i plugged my macbook pro to charge, and my magsafe charger got a little burn where it connects to the magsafe charger (wall->magsafe). Now my macbook pro won't charge, no light, no nothing, ...
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When shaking my MacBook I hear a strange sound, like a wobble

I recently bought a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015). When I shake it vertically, some slow sounds come from it and it sounds like something wobbles in it. Is this normal?
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How to monitor and control thermal CPU throttling in OS X?

I recently came across the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility for Windows. I tried it under Bootcamp Windows and it was very interesting to learn in what situations my MacBook Pro's (mid2012) CPU is doing ...
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MacBook Pro Retina rattling noise

About two months ago, I purchased a MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch (model MF840LL). Recently, I have noticed a quiet rattling noise when doing something performance-intensive (some webpages in Firefox, ...
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Spoofing a serial number on a MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro that got liquid spilled on it. I cleaned it up and everything works except the fact that it no longer has a serial number. When I go to look at System Information, it says "Serial ...
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Are there any AirPrint compatible print servers?

We have several printers here at home, and I am thinking about enabling AirPrint. I'm not interested in driver hacks, since they often require a computer to be running with a shared printer. I am ...
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Should I put the SSD in the Optical or Main Bay when replacing Optical Drive?

I have 2010 MBP. Wanted to put SSD in optical bay (and use it as main boot drive) because main bay has SMS (motion detection) that HDD would use. The only problem is that optical bay in my computer ...
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MacBook Pro, Mid-2014, SSD replacement

I own a MacBook Pro, Mid 2014, and its 256 SSD started facing problems almost 8 months after I bought it. I've been looking to replace it. I've read over at iFixit that you can replace it, But ...
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Can I upgrade my 121 GB Flash Storage SSD?

Is it possible to upgrade the 121 GB Flash Storage in my MacBook Pro 13" Retina? If so, can Apple do it for me or would I have to go to somewhere else to get it upgraded?
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Are CPU temperatures over 110 something to worry about? [duplicate]

I am primarily a Java developer and love using OS X and Mac as my primary development environment. However recently I have been having temperature and heat concerns. I have a piece of code that ...
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How can I put my iPhone 4 in DFU Mode if the Home button is broken and it is turned off?

So basically I have a tethered reboot iOS 6.1.4 on my iPhone 4. Recently the Home button broke and now I'm unable to put it into DFU Mode to turn it on. Is there a way I can put it in DFU Mode, or ...
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MacBookPro temperature inconsistency

I have a 15" MacbookPro with a Windows 7 Bootcamp partition. I check the temperature when using Windows but I think it doesn't report the right temperature. I shut down Windows with a temperature ...
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Mavericks 10.9.5 / MBP 17 2011 - system intermittently hangs when a USB mouse is plugged in

This has happened to me a number of times (6-10). I am not sure of the specific circumstances because it is not easily replicated. I usually only use the trackpad, because I am just typing. But ...
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iPad 2 loses touch response in particular area of screen

My wife's iPad 2 is having a weird screen/touch issues. In a particular part of the screen (near the middle bottom on the left side if holding in portrait with the home button down), it just doesn't ...
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MagSafe 2 frequently broken

I've got a MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), once in a longer period of time my MagSafe 2 adapter simply fries. Just a minute ago I fried the third MagSafe 2 adapter in three years time. It occurs with ...
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Not getting to boot!

Last week I upgraded my MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012 RAM to 8 GB and I had random restarts. So I did a safe boot and everything was fine, two days later the same thing happened again and the again it was ...
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Bluetooth unavailable with Yosemite 10.10.3

Bluetooth is unavailable since the middle of last March. I've followed all topic suggested: reset SMC, PRAM, deleted preference files (com.apple.Bluetooth.plist), reinstalled OS X from scratch and I ...
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Feasibility of swapping two MacBook Pros (both hard drive and RAM)?

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro, and my sister has a mid-2012. I've already seen the suggested duplicate possibilities that say that just swapping the hard drives shouldn't be problematic, but I've ...
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What should I know about replacing my computer's battery?

My early 2011 13" MBP has been telling me to "Replace Soon" the battery, and today it's finally getting its wish. I know the hardware procedure, courtesy of iFixit, but is there anything else I should ...
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hardware status for iOS devices

I have iPad Air 2 with latest iOS 8 update. Recently, I have started experiencing some issues with opening apps on my iPad. It looks bit slow. Even when I press home button, home-screen comes bit ...